The story line basically follows the life of Freddy as he goes from working in London Heathrow Airport as a young man to his final days after leaving Queen for a solo career, and his subsequent return for the Live AID concert which would become the most well known Queen concert of all time.
Do note that some of this film is said to be slightly exaggerated, changed or inferred which is why it is not a true documentary but rather a biopic. The other members of Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor, did consult on the film and possibly filled some gaps or lesser known information about Mercury and his life.
General Information about the film:
-Genre: Slightly Fictional Biopic
-Creators: Brian Singer, Anthony McCarten, Graham King, and Queen manager Jim Beech. Brian May and Roger Taylor served as consultants.
-Length: 134 minutes
-Film Rating: PG-13
-Where to watch: Hulu (with HBO subscription), Amazon Prime Video (rent or purchase), HBO Go, DVD, Blue-Ray, or at your local library
-Main Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aiden Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech, Mike Myers
Review (contains spoilers):
Overall a thoroughly enjoyable film.
I can see how die hard Queen fans could get irritated by the fictionalizations within the film but that is neither here nor there for me. While I love the band I am also in the film and television profession and understand that sometimes adding a bit of drama, changing a bit of the story or even shining a better or worse light on part of a situation sometimes happens. Its one of the many issues that comes from telling the story of someone who has passed on.
Rami Malek did a stunning job capturing Freddie Mercury’s attitude, movement and singing ability. He truly channelled the entire situation with grace and compassion…even going so far as wanting to show more of the relationships that Freddie had throughout his life. Honestly I was quite sad that we got more of Freddie’s relationship with Paul (though they did a good job showing how controlling and abusive this relationship was) than his relationship with Jim, who was reported as being sweet and caring throughout the end of Freddie’s life.
The soundtrack was on point from the opening scene to the full LIVEAID concert. i took the time to watch the two side by side and applaud both the cast and crew for capturing not only the essence of the event but the entire personality and choreography and playlist for the band.
Casting was beautifully done and I loved that Brian, Roger and John all helped throughout the film. It always helps the authenticity to have the people the biopic is about involved. Sadly we couldn’t have Freddie’s input but the rest of the band seemed to do a wonderful job.
Though there are many issues with the film that have been argued about in length I did find the film a wonderful and artistic take on Freddie Mercury and Queen.